Posts in Women You Wanna Know
Dionne Warwick, The Unsung Queen of Pop

After another failed musical project in the 70s, Bacharach and David ended their musical partnership, leaving Ms. Warwick feeling betrayed. The ending of their musical legacies resulted in several lawsuits, while Warwick, Bacharach, and David wouldn't speak again for several years.

Dionne had a hard time finding her footing as an official solo act, as she relied on Bacharach and David's writing for many years. It wasn't until she collaborated with Spinners that she received her first #1 hit with Warner Brothers records in 1974.

In Ms.Warwick's personal life, she married and divorced William Elliot twice. After the second divorce, Ms. Warwick balanced her career and raising her two sons, while struggling to find new hits that flowed with the new generation's tone.

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Women You Wanna Know: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald was affectionately known as the “First Lady of Song”.  An appropriate title seeing as though she made a huge contribution to the genre in popularizing 'Scat.'  If you were to search the internet for what 'Scatting' means, you may get grossed out.  So, let me just share with you that 'Scat' is melodic sounds that are sang, like Do, Dee, Wee, Doo.  Maybe not like that per se, but it's a sound that has no meaning but some how still magical to hear.

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Women You Wanna Know: Selena

The road to stardom is rough and there were times when the Quintanillas had to live out of their bus for shelter.  The great thing about bad times however, is that they do not last.  Originally ignored by the Tejano music industry due to being an all-inclusive boys club, Selena’s music began to make head way leading her to win multiple awards including a Grammy nomination and win for best Mexican/American album. 

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Women You Wanna Know Series:Vanessa Williams

To complement to her impressive repertoire, Ms.Williams added the title of author in 2012.  Ms. Williams and her mother, Helen Williams, released a book called You Have No Idea, which chronicles her life from her and her mother’s point of view. I bought the book on Audible and thought it was pretty good. 

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In Honor of Women's History Month...

In honor of Women's History Month I'm doing  a series that will highlight some kick ass women called "Women you wanna know". Some of the women you may know while some you may not. This is an ode to their accomplishments, their pain, and their legacies. These are women who made a way for so many other young women to excel and to be great. In Honor of Women's History Month, who am I highlighting? 

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Black History Month: Miss Nina Simone 

However, I was naïve. Extremely naïve which I am ashamed to admit. Had I did my research, I would have known that Miss Nina Simone created this masterpiece from a place of turmoil, triumph, and hope for the future. They couldn't capture the despair and the raw feeling and the emotion that all boiled in her as she belted out this song. This is one of many songs that Ms. Simone contributed to us that continues to reinforce why she was such a treasure. Born Eunice Kathleen Wayman in 1933, Miss Nina Simone was a singer, songwriter, talented pianist, and a passionate civil rights activists.

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